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Jan Shim

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Tore my hair out
« on: November 06, 2018, 02:25:29 am »
Two weeks ago, my associates and I (three of us) covered an event where we shot a total of 3,079 Canon RAW images. We synced all camera clocks, made sure all bodies were configured to shoot full raw. Having learned a painful lesson from a previous event we worked together, I thought everything was OK and I looked forward to doing all the post work, until I noticed a large number of the files showed up as not supported.

All of a sudden everything was turned upside down. We investigated and discovered that one of my associates had used previously assigned Custom Shooting modes where he shot in mRAW (another lesson learned — no less painful).

Now I have over 3000 images totaling 88GB and no idea how many were in mRAW. Yes I remember this discussion (http://forum.dxo.com/index.php/topic,13756.msg70495.html#msg70495) vividly like it was yesterday. Work that could have finished and delivered in a week ended up taking two weeks because I had to isolate all the mRAW files and use Canon DPP to process them separately. 

I'm not expecting DXO to have a change of heart and start supporting smaller RAW files, I'm just sharing a story of the difference it would make if DXO supported sRAW and mRAW files when an epic mistake like this happens!

Thanks for reading.
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Re: Tore my hair out
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2018, 11:31:37 am »
the smaller RAW in the reviews I have seen makes no real world difference in output for most uses. My 5ds output most of the time would based on the reviews most of the time would be as good in mRAW and it would be easy to have a custom setting for those tomes the full size were needed (or the other way round). So though at present it wouldn't help me I fail to see why its not going to be adopted as if I had the ability to use mRAW I would and I take it use a different raw processor.

Jan Shim

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Re: Tore my hair out
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2018, 12:31:30 pm »
The real world difference in this scenario (one that I hope never to be repeated) is one of productivity and convenience rather than the quality of the images. I enjoying using Photo Lab 1 now ver 2 for all my RAW processing work so you can imagine how frustrating it was for me to have to work on those mRAW files separately outside of PL.
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Re: Tore my hair out
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2018, 09:56:48 pm »
Easy: use DPP3 or -4 and convert mRAWs to Tiff. Then continue in PL2. Sadly no PRIME. Hope this helps.
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Re: Tore my hair out
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2018, 12:30:13 am »
I needed PRIME in heavy duty setting as the entire no-flash event (an orchestra performance) was shot in high ISO (6400-12,800).

I came across several sites that suggested using Adobe DNG Converter because users had a similar problem. At first I was thrilled but soon turn to despair when the converted DNG files turned out to be also incompatible in PL2. After numerous failed attempts, I had to resort to DPP which unfortunately added so much more time because I couldn't tell which ones were mRAW and which ones were RAW so I had to write down the file numbers each time I come across each incompatible ones (files from three photographers all combined in one folder).
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Re: Tore my hair out
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2018, 10:30:29 am »
Funny, you told one of the tree camera has been set to mRAW only. The file names certainly allow to make sort by names and select the contiguous part in one step.
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